Miss America Fights for Oklahoma Bill That Would Lower Number of Underage DUI Offenses, Curb Teenage Drinking, and Reduce Beer and Liquor Sales to Minors
Berry talked about her role attempting to purchase beer and liquor for these sting operations stating, "more than half [of the stores] sold alcohol to me at 18 years old with my real driver's license." Results like this are what have prompted the House Health and Human Services Committee to introduce bills like 3056 to the Oklahoma State Legislature, penned by Representative Thad Balkman and Senator Jeff Rabon, that increase consequences not only to those doing the drinking, but to those providing the drinks.
Oklahoma House Bill 3056 proposes increasing fines to a maximum of $5,000 and a sentence of 5 years in prison to servers who repeatedly sell to minors. The hope is that, with these heightened consequences, beer and liquor store employees will be less willing to risk their pocketbook, liquor license, and livelihood to those who are underage. Sean Byrne, President of the Oklahoma Prevention Policy Alliance, the group that first proposed Oklahoma House Bill 3056, feels it is very likely the bill will be passed this year.
After being crowned Miss America on January 21st, Jennifer Berry has broadened her fight against underage drinking to a new national audience, while continuing to do all she can to help pass this proposed legislation in her home state of Oklahoma.
Audio file of Sen. Rabon discussing Oklahoma House Bill 3056